Exciting Releases May-July 2016

Exciting Releases May-July 2016

Coloring books coming soon

May-July 2016 preorders

As there are so many exciting books coming out so often, one or two preorder lists per year seems lacking. I’m trialling doing one every three months. If I’m missing something, let me know! If I find something new, I will add it! 

I’ve included links to Amazon and The Book Depository where possible, as well as cover images.



May 

New Guide To Coloring

A guide to some of the tools, techniques and more that colourists will find handy! 

Available from The Book Depository via this link or Amazon (US) via this link


The Lord Of The Rings Movie Trilogy Colouring Book by Nicolette Caven

While the Tolkiens World colouring book focused on the novels, this colouring book will focus on the imagery from the films. 

Available from The Book Depository via this link or Amazon (US) via this link. 

I Hate FairyLand by Skottie Young

Based on a comic book series about a young girl trapped in a never aging Fairyland, this promises some quirky and fun fantasy illustrations.

Available from The Book Depository via this link or Amazon (US) via this link. 


Harry Potter Magical Creatures Colouring Poscards

Postcards adapted from the Harry Potter Magical Creatures colouring book. 

Available from The Book Depository via this link or Amazon (US) via this link.

June



Harry Potter Artefacts Colouring Book

Available from The Book Depository via this link or Amazon (US) via this link.

Art Of Coloring – Disney Animals

After three publishing delays this year, this long awaited title will publish in June. Filled with decorated Disney animals, scenes and patterns.

Available from The Book Depository via this link or Amazon (US) via this link.



Lost Ocean Postcards 36

A book of 36 postcards adapted from the images in Johanna Basfords third bestseller.

Available from The Book Depository via this link or Amazon (US) via this link.



Lost Ocean Postcards 50

A box of 50 loose postcards adapted from the best-selling Lost Ocean colouring book. 

Available from the Book Depository via this link



Creative Colouring Techniques 

The second book of tools and techniques aimed at adult colouring fans in as many months, this promises practice pages and techniques based on colours.

Available from The Book Depository via this link.



The Magical Journey by Lizzie Mary Cullen

The third release from this artist, with a very unique fisheye illustration style.

Available from The Book Depository via this link or Amazon (US) via this link.




Classic Comic Colouring Book: Sci Fi & Horror

A follow up to the Classic Comic Colouring Book, this edition focuses on Sci Fi and Horror comic book covers to colour. 

Available from the Book Depository via this link. 




Official DC Comics Colouring Book



Available from The Book Depository via this link or Amazon (US) via this link.

Decorative Type Colouring Book

Typography, fonts, words and doodles all combine to make a fun book to add life to! 

Available from The Book Depository via this link.

Incredible Life Forms by Ernst Haeckel



A gorgeous book filled with scientific greyscale images brought to life with pen and ink 

Available from the Book Depository via this link. 



Bon Voyage! An Adult Colouring Book For Lovers Of All Things French – Journey Through France by Lizzie Mary Cullen 

The first of three books from Lizzie Mary Cullen based on different cultures – French, Spanish and English. 

Available from The Book Depository via this link or Amazon (US) via this link.



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Animorphia Postcards 

Animorphia Postcards 

Artist – Kerby Rosanes

Pages – 20

Publisher – Michael O’Mara Books

Available from The Book Depository (International) to purchase now via this link. The US version is available for preorder (released in September) from Amazon (US) via this link.
 

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Cover
 


Book

Not technically a book, this postcard set has been long awaited by fans of Animorphia! The postcards are displayed in a 17cm x 12cm and covered in a black and orange image from Animorphia, accented by silver foil. 
The binding is similar to what you would find on a notepad, glued and easy to remove. Each postcard is printed on cardstock, and I experienced zero bleeding or shadowing with water or alcohol-based markers, as well as fineliners. 

 

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Completed with Prismacolor Pencils

  
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Completed with Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners
  

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The reverse of the postcards

Images 

The images are all a mix from Animorphia, adapted for postcard size. Unlike some postcard editions of colouring books, the images aren’t scaled down into impossibly small sizes, but rather are sections of images. These range from a postcard of the doodles contained in an image, or the head of a tiger surrounded by doodles, or a section of the doodles contained in one of the images.

Five of the twenty postcards are black background images, which is a nice amount of variety. Almost half of the images are landscape, with the majority being portrait orientation.

The reverse of the postcards have an area for addressing, an area for a postage stamp and some smaller varied doodles around. I’ve included an example of this in my images.

Intricacy is very similar to the original book, and ranges quite a bit. Some of the images are larger spaces with a handful of doodles and others are made up entirely of small doodles to colour. Line thickness remains moderate throughout.  

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Health 

If you enjoyed the original book, then this is a fantastic addition. Postcard size colouring are fantastic for a smaller colouring project, when you don’t have the time, inclination or concentration to colour a double page spread from Animorphia.

The range of intricacy means that it will most likely be suitable for those with fluctuating concentration levels, as there is a range of less to higher intricacy throughout. Even the most intricate of postcards will not take long, making it perfect for those who often have low concentration levels. I’ve found postcard editions of colouring books fantastic for low mood days, times of high anxiety and times when I am

in a lot of pain – the smaller images and size makes it less intimidating and the variety of intricacy means I can choose my time investment. 

The line thickness and intricacy means it most likely is suitable for those with fine motor skills or vision impairments. As always though, please check the images before deciding. 

For more Animorphia colouring, check out my review of the Animorphia notebook here. Make sure to subscribe to the blog to know as soon as a new post is up!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review

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Happy & Energised Colouring 

Publisher – Michael O’Mara Books

Pages – 96

Available to purchase from Amazon (US) here or The Book Depository (free international shipping) here.

 

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Cover
 

Book

This is one part of a series of colouring books presented by Michael O’Mara Book called The Art of Mindfulness. 
This book is about halfway between A4 and A5 which is a good size for either travel or home. The cover is a glossy, embellished magenta with coloured images around the title.

The paper within, as with most Michael O’Mara Books, is a bright white, and smooth. The spine is glue bound and reinforced with string, meaning that it will stand up to quite a bit of pulling, manoeuvring and transporting.

The pages are unfortunately double sided, which is a disappointment for those who prefer pens and markers to pencil. A light touch reduces the shadowing on the other side, but I would only recommend coloured pencils for this one. 
Some of the pictures have a border around them, I presume to prevent images entering the spine, but this is not consistent throughout the book. The spine is quite pliable with some use though. 
 

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My image completed with Crayola Supertips

  

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Images 

The focus of this series is on emotions – Relaxed & Focused, Peace & Calm, Serene & Tranquil and this volume, Happy & Energised.
The focus of this particular volume is to bring some energy and happiness to you while you are colouring. The images are a huge variety of sharp patterns, geometric pages, nature themed images, animals and scenes.
Intricacy varies between the pages, with some images being quite open with large spaces, others being full of small, detailed areas and others still being a combination of the two. Line thickness varies from thin to thick throughout, with many images containing a combination.
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Health



As the title of the book says, the nature of the patterns and energetic images can help you feel a bit more lifelike and maybe even a bit happier while colouring. You’re free to use pretty much any colour palette within the images as most aren’t based on more realistic things.
Some of the images are quite detailed, and others have quite fine lines, so not all images will be suited to people with vision impairment or fine motor difficulties. Many of the images will be however, particularly the patterned images. 
I do find this book helpful when I am in pain – the images are not difficult, and the repetitive nature of the patterns helps me to focus on something else apart from the pain. A constant level of concentration is also not needed, which can be a big factor when one is in pain, anxious or suffering from insomnia. The variety of images is also a big factor when you are suffering from pain, or having a bad mental health day. 
I definitely think that parts of this book will appeal to everyone, and it’s definitely one I keep on hand for bad days! 

Another book with a great amount of variety for everyone is reviewed here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review

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A Million Cats 

A Million Cats 

Artist – Lulu Mayo

Publisher – Michael O’Mara Books
Pages – 64

Available from Amazon (US) via this link  or from The Book Depository (UK) via this link.

 

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Cover
 

Book

The size of this book is great for travelling with, it fits perfectly into a bag or desk at 23cm x 18cm and 64 pages. The cover is matte card with and assortment of designs from the book, in a limited colour palette. The cover has accents of gold, giving it a luxurious feel and look.

The spine is glue and string bound – adding to its perfect portability, as this binding means that the pages are a lot firmer. This does mean that some of the images enter the spine, but the spine is quite pliable. 

Pages are double sided, which is a shame. The paper is bright white and lightly textured. Coloured pencils lay down smoothly and easily. I experienced shadowing and some light bleeding with both fineliners and waterbased markers, so I would recommend only pencils for this one. 
 

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My Work In Progress, the title page.

  
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Images 
Now, I’m just going to say this upfront. There are not a million cats in this book. Including the front and back covers, there are 204 cats. But, that is still a whole lot of cats for a 64 page book!!!

The artist has managed to create a book full of a wide variety of illustrations, but still make it cohesive, both through her art style, and of course, the addition of cats. There are cats hiding in a skyline of London, in a living room scene, in a page of flowers. 

Intricacy does vary a little throughout, with some images containing lots of small, detailed areas and some mainly larger areas. Line thickness varies form thin to moderate throughout, and this fits in quite nicely with the style of illustration. 

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Health 

If you are a cat fan, or like a range of whimsical scenes, this book will suit you. The imagery is great for distraction, and engaging your imagination. 

The book may suit those with fluctuating concentration levels, as there is a variety of intricacies. The images are the type that have natural stopping points – you can colour one building, flower or cat if your concentration is low, or you can finish an entire page if you are having an easier time concentrating. 

The book will probably not be suitable for those with vision and fine motor impairments. The line thickness and detailed areas mean that it is difficult to see some of the lines and areas of images. As always though, please check the images before making up your mind.

For more whimsical animal artwork, have a read of my review of Creative Haven Curious Creatures here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review

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White Pen Review and Comparison

White Pen Review and Comparison

There are a number of ways to add some accents to a finished page – glitter, metallics, and of course, a hint of white. 

A white pen, used sparingly, can make a coloured page come to life. Whether it’s a sparkle in an animals eye, stars in the sky, or a bright reflection, white definitely has its place! 

But what to use to get the effect? There are a number of white pens available at the moment. I have three different brands here to you show you how they work in action! 
 

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The three pens I have reviewed and compared .
 


Sakura Gelly Roll

Gelly Rolls are the créme da la créme of gel pens. With a 0.4mm nib and a huge range of effects and colours, they are very popular amongst colourists. 

The white gel pen is the most transparent of all three, so you may have to use a few layers to gain the opaque effect. I found mine was a bit difficult to get the ink to flow, but others have said they flow fine, so it may be user error or just a faulty pen.


Uniball Signo White 

Uniball has quite a range of specialty pens, including metallics and pastels. The white gel pen has a 0.7mm nib, standard nib size. There is also a ‘Broad’ white pen available that has a 1.0mm nib. 

I found this the best middle ground – not entirely opaque, but not transparent either. The ink flowed freely and dried quite quickly. 


Posca Paint Pen

The only one that isn’t a gel pen, the Posca Paint Pen actually has acrylic paint inside. It is available in a huge range of nib sizes, from 0.5-8mm. I’ve tested the 0.7mm here today. 

The ink/paint flowed freely, but not too quickly. It dried nearly immediately, and as its a small amount of paint, will not bleed through. The only thing I found was that you have to be careful not to press down while using it. I did once, and ended up with a 2cm round blob of white paint on the page!



Comparison 

The following images are four different mediums, applied as they would normally be on a colouring page and accented with the labelled pen. I’ve done the same patterns and layers of the pens on each so you can see how they come out! 

 

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Derwent Coloursoft Coloured Pencils Deep Cadmium
  
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Pan Pastel (Cadmium Yellow) – click the image to read my review of PanPastel
 

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Prismacolor Brush Markers (PB19 – Canary Yellow)

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Artline Stix Colouring Marker – Yellow
 


These pens are available from Amazon (US) from the following links – 

Sakura Gelly Roll White 

Uniball Signo 0.7 

Uniball Signo 1.0 

Posca Paint Pen 0.7 



I hope you’ve liked this review and comparison! 



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Mandala Expressions

Mandala Expressions

Artist – Valentina Harper
Publisher – Design Originals

Pages – 72
Available from Amazon (US) via this link or from The Book Depository via this link.



 

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Cover
 

Book

At 27.6cm x 18.2cm and 72 pages, this book is a perfect size for slipping into a bag or working on at home. The cover is a bright coloured design from the interior of the book with a white background.

The pages are lovely and smooth, and there have been no issues with waterbased ink bleeding through, although it does shadow onto the reverse. 

Images are single sided, so most mediums shouldn’t be a problem. The back of each image features a quote related to the image.

The images do not enter the spine, and the spine is glue bound, so there is little chance of accidental removal

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One of the coloured examples provided.
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My completed image using Tombow Dual Brush Markers.

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Images 

The images are mandalas in Valentina Harper’s signature style accompanied by a quote. Some of the quotes are within the mandala, or surrounding it, some are colourable, some are black. 
The mandalas themselves vary from large and intricate, to smaller and less detailed, and any combination of these. 
The intricacy remains quite detailed throughout, with most of the mandalas containing smaller areas and details throughout. Line thickness remains thin-moderate throughout which suits the image style quite well. 
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Health

The subject matter of this book is enough for me to recommend to anyone – no matter the reason you colour!

For times when your concentration is low, many of the images are both basic and sectioned, allowing you to focus on one or one part of the image at a time – something that can be very helpful when anxiety is overwhelming or you just can’t pay as much attention.

For times when you are able to concentrate and need something to dive into and lose yourself in, there are also more intricate images that could take hours to complete.
The intricacy and line thickness means that this book may not be suitable for those with vision or fine motor impairments, but as always, please check the images beforehand. 
This is one of the few books I think would suit anyone – the subject matter, illustration and fluctuating intricacy level makes it wonderful for any level of colourist of concentration.

For more of Valentina Harper’s work, read my review of The Ultimate Coloring Book Treasury here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review

Batgirl
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Tangle Wood

Tangle Wood

Artist – Jessica Palmer

Publisher – Search Press

Pages – 80

Available from Amazon (US) via this link or from The Book Depository (UK) via this link.

 

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Cover
 

Book

This is a smaller square book than most of the colouring books out at 22.2cm square. It’s a perfect size for travelling, commuting or at home.

The cover is a soft matte card with designs from the book on the cover. The spine is glue and string bound, meaning the pages are reinforced. Some images do enter the spine, but the spine becomes quite pliable with use.

Coloured pencils lay down well on the off white, textured paper. I experienced no bleeding with waterbased markers or fine liners, but some shadowing. This is a shame, as the images are double sided. 

Pages are not perforated.

 

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My Work In Progress with Faber Castell Classic Coloured Pencils
  
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Images 

As the title suggests, this is a book filled with woodland creatures and scenes combined with patterns and ‘tangles’. 

It begins with a fox in the shade of a huge tree, and continues through scenes of woods, animals, a hidden shack, some plant themed frames, and the sun/moon peeking through the trees. 

The book does have a ‘hidden object’ aspect to it, with one of the introductory pages containing the items. This is easily ignored if you don’t like this part of the book. There is a variety of single and double paged spreads, with the majority being double pages. 

The artwork is a unique style of sketching and patterned areas, giving the book a sense of consistency throughout the book. 

Intricacy varies a little, with a mix of larger and smaller areas. The patterns contained in most of the images are quite detailed, but these are able to be block coloured if necessary. Line thickness varies a little, but is primarily thin-moderate throughout. 

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Health 

Nature is one of the best things you can colour for times when you are feeling anxious or depressed. The theme, along with the colour palette is innately calming. 

The book is suitable for those with fluctuating concentration as there is larger, more detailed images and simpler, smaller pics as well. This means you can choose an image that suits your concentration levels and time investment.

The line thickness and intricacy means that it may be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but please check the images before deciding. 

For more nature based colouring, read my review of The Garden Of Earthly Delights, or for a different style of the forest/woodland theme, read my review of Soul Of The Woodland.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review 

Batgirl xx
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